Posts Tagged ‘Pizza a Go-Go’

Long-defunct clubs of 1980s Manhattan

April 12, 2012

They’re physically gone, but these performance spaces still live on in vintage newspaper ads—in this case the September 1984 issue of monthly East Village arts paper East Village Eye.

It must have been rough getting over to Chandalier, between Eighth and Ninth Streets off Avenue C. In 1984, this wasn’t exactly gentrified territory.

“The door opens onto a long narrow room, the front half of which serves as the performance space and seating area,” states this reference. “The back half houses the wooden bar with several wobbly stools, a fireplace that doesn’t seem to work, and piecemeal old furniture where spectators sit waiting for the performance to start.”

Today the building houses a hardware store.

The Shuttle, not far away on East Sixth Street between Avenues A and B, opened in 1984. A former squat, the space hosted readings, art exhibits, and East Village character/character actor Rocket Redglare’s cabaret show.

121 West 31st Street is an unmarked storefront, and almost no trace of Pizza a Go Go—a former dance club?—remains.

But there is this reference to the place; it’s on a page of party pics featuring a young Madonna and other cool kids from a monthly paper called NY Talk.

Clubbing with Madonna in 1984

July 8, 2008

She was already famous by October 1984 when these party pictures ran in a downtown art-music-fashion newspaper called NY Talk. But she still had street cred; this is pre-Sean Penn wedding mania and very pre-Kabbalah Madonna, after all.

The caption (unfortunately cut off) reads “Madonna at a party for Amadeus at the Limelight.”

Area, Limelight, and Pizza a Go-Go…they’re in the dustbin of New York City ’80s clubs history.